Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Book Notes: "Something Other Than God", by Jennifer Fulwiler

I've been a fan of Jennifer's blog for such a long time, but her book, "Something Other Than God", just hits it out of the park.

I read this book so quickly. It just flew by and putting it down - even when I really ought to have been sleeping - was really hard.

Most of you are probably familiar with Jenn's blog, Conversion Diary. I've read it for years, and I'm here to say: this book is not a regurgitation of her blog content. It's not a bunch of blog posts crammed together into a print volume; it's a real live book.

Yet, at the same time, it's Jenn's voice, the voice I've grown to love as I've read her blog over the years.

You know how Jenn is so straight-forward and blunt, and yet so honest and (when it's called for) absolutely, appropriately, gushy about how God works in our lives? Yeah, that's this book. ("Gushy" is not a diss. She's so smart, and researches so well. I'm just saying that, when it's right to be emotionally moved, she doesn't hide the fact that she's emotionally moved. I love that.)

It's no secret that I'm not a Roman Catholic, and so it's no secret that I disagree with some of the theology in this book. Nonetheless, her story about how God draws her near, defeats her human protests against his power, and makes clear to her that He is who He says He is?  That felt so familiar.

Great book. I'm glad I bought it, and I look forward to rereading it.

Peace of Christ to you,
Jessica Snell

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Amber said...

I thought it was fantastic too! I found I was even weaving the book into dreams after staying up too late to read it. :-). I was so impressed by how she pulled the story together and her insights into God's love and how He has worked in her life. I know she put a lot of work into the book and it really shows. It is so not a blog-book!

Sherry said...

OK I read a bad review on Amazon (reminding myself to only read reviews from people I trust to know what they're talking about), and I was almost not going to read Jen's book even though I have been a fan of her blog for a long time , too. I think I just didn't want to be disappointed since I like her writing on her blog so much. But you've convinced me.

Jessica Snell said...

Amber - I love hearing what you loved about it! :)

Sherry, I'm glad to hear I could offer another take on the book. I hope you enjoy it!